Alongside venturing into Detective Cruz’s past, part Detective Toussaint’s is revealed, and Jerrika makes a big move. As does Douda to make sure Brandon becomes a fat fish.
|Writer(s)||Cinque Henderson, J. David Shanks|
|Introduced This Episode|
|Detective Moreno||Elliot Villar|
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The Truth Can Set You Free, If You Tell It: Detective Cruz, Detective Moreno, Emmett, Kevin, Ricky
We jump back to the past to learn Detective Cruz being a bit of a social pariah at work isn’t anything new. Back when he worked in Kansas City, in 2013, he almost stepped out on his partner, Detective Moreno, who fatally shot a Black civilian because he was reaching for something. We learn it was for his seatbelt, but when asked to toe the line, Cruz did so with reservations. Hence why, years later, he is trying to be hardline when it comes to the rules and justice. Even though his confession from Ronnie was tossed out, and he was put on desk duty.
But, while we dig into Cruz’s past, Emmett is digging into Keisha’s present. For with her not hitting him back, he decides to talk to Kevin who lets it slip what kind of car Ricky drives. Leading to Emmett doing some investigating and learning Ricky is the track coach at the high school. Leaving us to wonder what he may do with that information.
A Little Sunshine After The Storm: Ronnie, Jada, Miss Ethel
With Jada talking about moving on again, this time just job wise, Ronnie decides he wants to take her out. However, instead, she offers him the opportunity to put a bookshelf together and have dinner at her place. Which ends up being a nice occasion with some talking about generational curses, Shanté’s baby and it leads to a kiss goodbye. One that makes you wonder if Ronnie is seeing Tracy anymore, or has he moved on?
Either way, the man is walking on sunshine for with him fixing that old car, and even getting Miss Ethel to dance a little bit, things are looking up for Ronnie. Here is hoping it lasts.
Planning The Next Move: Brandon, Otis, Jerrika, Greavy, Detective Cruz, Detective Toussaint
With Otis giving Brandon $50k, a truck worth $75k, and making it seem he is giving more than investing, red flags are popping up all over the place. Toussaint finds all this gang association a red flag, leading Cruz to want to talk to Brandon and see what is going on. Brandon, naturally, is uncomfortable with Otis’ investment which, as we know, is to make him someone to take down so Toussaint will mind her business. But it is Greavy who really paints the picture that Brandon is acting like a fool. At least with his explanation that Otis, even in grade school, was a cold mofo and Brandon probably doesn’t realize what he got himself into. Especially since he has already started spending some of the money.
Yet, one thing he is thinking of spending the money on you may support: A engagement ring for Jerrika. For with them dating quite a bit, living together, and marriage being a discussion in the past, it only seems right. Also, with her holding him down for so long, he not only wants to give her time to find her dream but also prove they are forever. Though we already know that isn’t the case.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- A realtor, perhaps the one which told Ronnie that Miss Ethel was evicted, was found dead this episode and there is a need to question what may come of that? Never mind who killed them?
Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments
- While looking into why cops would be so paranoid about traffic stops, I found an article on CNN noting the 47 officers killed in 2018 and a handful were due to traffic stops. Many others from just showing up on a scene unwanted – one set of cops were shot at a drive through without rhyme or reason.
- Detective Toussaint was suspended, without pay, for a month due to killing a gang leader who was apparently hurting her son. Someone currently in jail, seemingly for his association with said gang leader.
Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs
Don’t ever let another man dream bigger dreams for you than you’re dreaming for yourself.
— Douda (Otis Perry)
The Older Generation Investing In The Young Generation With Either Time or Money
Setting aside the Otis bit, you have to appreciate how things are expanding community wise. On a regular basis now, Brandon is cutting Kevin’s hair and engaging in conversation. This episode about his feelings for Maisha and him not so sure how to handle them. Alongside that, there is Brandon and Greavy, for the first time, hanging outside the house and having real conversations. Making me wish the ladies of the show got the same but, with Jerrika iffy when it comes to her parents, Miss Ethel not being much for talking, and Maisha in every few episodes, I guess they’ll be playing catch up as usual.
I just love her growth this season. Particularly her now on the verge of searching for her own dream since it seems Jerrika has been on auto-pilot for a long time. Her parents wanted her to be a lawyer, so she went on that track until she got off to get into the family business. Now the family business is on the cusp of just being her, but with a conflict in how she would want to run things vs. her parents, it is clear that she needs her own vision for life.
Making me hope she may get into politics. I double we have seen Alderman Bonner for the last time, and while Jerrika’s connections are through her parents, I’m sure she made some of which she owns herself. Which could lead to quite a campaign.
Miss Ethel & Ronnie Smiling
When it comes to Miss Ethel and Ronnie, it feels like we barely ever see either one, never mind both, smiling in the same episode. Ronnie has long been on some downward spiral and Miss Ethel, while you get she is more so particular than mean, usually is scowling. So seeing them step dance in the street, filled with joy, it warms your heart a little bit. But also leads you to wonder if it will last.
On The Fence
Despite the step back Cruz has taken this season, I’m still very iffy about the character. I recognize on a show like this you have to have police presence, even addressed their role on making bad situations worse sometimes, yet there is this consistent feeling of wanting only just enough Cruz on the show. Only to represent the cops but not necessarily have a life outside of his duty.
Brandon Going Down
With actor Jason Mitchell fired from The Chi, it really makes you wonder how are they going to handle his removal? As noted in our article, he is an essential character and while we’re seeing Emmett speak to Kevin, and Jerrika have a life outside of him, does that mean they prepped to get rid of him? Also, I gotta admit, hearing the allegations taints what was once seen as a cute relationship between Jerrika and Brandon since now we know the actress was often made uncomfortable.
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 2, Episode 7 “Blind Eye”||Alongside venturing into Detective Cruz’s past, part Detective Toussaint’s is revealed, and Jerrika makes a big move. As does Douda to make sure Brandon becomes a fat fish.|
|Season 2, Episode 8 “Lean Into It”||As we approach the season finale and know certain people are going to be written off, you’re left to question if others may join them?|
|Season 2, Episode 9 “Guilt, Viral Videos, and Ass Whuppings”||As the show preps for Brandon’s exit, it becomes clear there is more than enough going on that his time can be used well.|
|Season 2, Episode 10 “The Scorpion and The Frog” [Season Finale]||While we already knew certain characters wouldn’t make it past this season, additional names get added, and it becomes clear there is a lot of change on the horizon.|
|Season 2, Episode 6 "A Leg Up"||The ladies of The Chi continue to get a voice as Keisha gets features and Emmet’s past partners. Alongside this, Brandon decides to get a leg up and Ronnie reveals a trigger to Jada.|
|Season 2, Episode 4 “Showdown”||Jerrika and Brandon’s relationship gets tested as Ronnie learns he will be paying restitution for a long time.|
|Season 2, Episode 5 “Feeling The Heat”||It’s an episode of redemption, sweetness, and perhaps a rare reprieve in The Chi. Well, before it likely goes to hell.|
|Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot”||The Chi seems like the evolved form of the urban dramas which dominate Black late 80s through early 00s nostalgia.|
|Season 1/ Episode 2 “Alee”||The Chi still treats its female characters dirty, but as it delves deeper into Chicago post-Jason and Coogie’s death, there is hope for others.|
|Season 1/ Episode 3 “Ghosts”||As Ronnie’s life continues to get complicated, the women of The Chi finally begin to be developed – somewhat.|
|Season 1/ Episode 4 “Quaking Grass”||Violence begets violence, and there can never be peace as long as revenge links together like chains. In other words, things only get worse for damn near everyone.|
|Season 1/ Episode 5 “Today Was A Good Day”||While the title of the episode maybe, “Today Was a Good Day” that doesn’t necessarily apply to most of the characters on the show.|
|Season 1/ Episode 6 “Penetrate a Fraud”||As Brandon and Sarah grow closer, a major piece of evidence comes into Detective Cruz’s hand. Though considering the moves Quentin is making, Jason may not remain his focus for long.|
|Season 1/ Episode 7 “The Whistle”||People pay for their deeds, good or otherwise, and while some are as sweet as a kiss, others are as brutal as a bullet.|
|Season 1/ Episode 8 “Wallet”||As Brandon figures out how to start his next chapter, Quentin treks backwards to prove a point to Trice and Reg of who not to f*** with.|
|Season 1/ Episode 9 “Namaste Muthaf*ka”||What goes around comes around isn’t just about karma in this episode, but also what happens in darkness will eventually be exposed by the sun. Whether you walk into the light or not.|
|Season 1/ Episode 10 “Ease On Down The Road”||The Chi ends in a polar opposite way to how it began. There is peace, little to no drama, and rather than focusing on endings, it is all about new beginnings. Though not necessarily of the positive kind.|
|Season 2, Episode 2 "Every day I'm Hustlin'"||As the investigation into Miss Ethel’s attack begins, it appears Ronnie may get out, and Brandon may have more issues than Reggie.|
|Season 2, Episode 1 “Eruptions”||How Ronnie end up in the position he’s in is uncovered alongside everyone’s struggle to either grow up, find stability, or just not succumb to the bad side of Chicago.|
|Season 2, Episode 3 “Past Due”||Kevin and Brandon FINALLY reconnect as Ronnie is hoping he can get out thanks to Detective Cruz rushing to close Coogie’s case.|